A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post all about my fiction must reads. Having read quite a few books I obviously couldn’t leave it to one post as there were a few more books I just HAVE to talk about as well. I absolutely love reading, fiction and non-fiction nowadays but it used to be strictly fiction. I love indulging in a completely different story than your own and living their world for a little while.
I am such an emotional person when it comes to stories. I get completely immersed in a film or series to the point that sometimes I just have to pause it and stop watching or I have to give myself a break because it’s all too intense for me. Books have almost that same effect on me that they get me completely immersed and keep me page turning well into several hours at a time. So here’s the books that kept me gripped part 2.
Lynn Austin – While we’re far apart
Penny remembered how it had started. She had fallen in love with Eddie Shaffer and had leaped at the chance to become part of his life. It had started with the hope that he would lover her, too, and maybe marry her someday. But that seed of hope had grown out of control into a sprawling, tangled vine, uprooting secrets and changing her life completely.
This may sound like a very cliché read, like girl falls in love with boy, boy doesn’t immediately love her back but eventually she wins his heart. It’s so much more than that. Firstly, the thing that makes it the most interesting (at least for me) is that it’s set in the second world war. It’s a love story during the second world war and to be honest for me it couldn’t get more romantic than that. (okay aside from obviously the horrible monstrosities that happened during that time).
Jodi Picoult – My sister’s keeper
Sara Fitzgerald’s daughter Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. Reeling with the helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything – whatever it takes – to save her child. Then the test results come back time and again to show that no one in their family is a match for Kate. If they are to find a donor for the crucial bone marrow transplant she needs, there is only one option: creating another baby, specifically designed to save her sister. For Sara, it seems the ideal solution. Not only does Kate live, but she gets a beautiful new daughter, Anna, too. Until the moment Anna hands Sara the papers that will rock her whole world. Because, aged thirteen, Anna has decided that she doesn’t want to help Kate live any more. She is suing her parents for the rights to her own body.
I’m sure a lot of you have heard of this book maybe because there was a movie adaptation that came out a couple of years ago. I haven’t seen the movie (I really want to though) but the book is amazing. It truly showcases the struggles within the family. Obviously Anna doesn’t want Kate to die but she also has to set her foot down for herself, that struggle is represented beautifully by the author. The author, who I bought 5 other books from after reading this one because I was just so in love with her writing style.
John Green – Looking for Alaska & Paper Towns
Looking for Alaska: Alaska Young, gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up – and utterly fascinating. Miles Halter could not be more in love with her. But when tragedy strikes, Miles discovers the value and the pain of living and loving unconditionally.
Paper towns: Quentin Jacobson has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t. She’s left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow.
After mentioning The fault in our stars in my last post I couldn’t not mention the other two book of him I read straight after that one in this post. Looking for Alaska and Paper town are also two books I read within pretty much a week because I was so addicted to them. There is something about the writing style of John Green that just grips me every time. Turtles all the way down is definitely still on my reading list from him.
Nicholas Sparks – Nights in Rodanthe
Reeling with heartache after her husband abandons her for a younger woman, Adrienne Willis flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend a friend’s inn. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink her life. But almost as soon as she gets there, a major storm is forecast and a guest name Dr. Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and is trying to escape his own shattered past. Now, with a fierce nor’easter closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort – and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.
You might be able to notice a theme on the kind of books I enjoy reading. Namely books written pretty lightly, even if they have heavy subjects attached to them. This is your typical love story so if you’re not into that you won’t like this. But if you do, you’ll love this. Love stories need to be very good if I want to mention them in my favourites so this one definitely is!
After reading the book, I watched the movie, and it was not a disappointment. I cried, so much, just like I did with the book.